If you are looking for the place, which is full of energy, artistic atmosphere, gorgeous architecture and creative citizens, who draw their inspiration from the atmosphere and rich past of the City, then… welcome to Kraków, place where tradition meets modernity in full harmony, where you can find the manifold opportunities for spending free time and Kraków's genius loci cause that it is a city for good living, working, studying and visiting.
Today Kraków, the former capital of Poland, is one of the most important cultural and tourist centres of the country, and the seat to many cultural institutions, theatres, cinemas, museums ( among them are the main branch of Poland's National Museum and the Czartoryski Museum, the latter featuring works byLeonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt) and philharmonic that make life pleasant for the inhabitants and over 7 million tourists visiting the city every year.
Kraków hosts over 40 festivals like the International Jewish Culture Festival, the Print Triennial, the Sacrum Profanum Festival and the International Short Film Festival; and over 2,500 performances and concerts every year.
The worthiest place to visit is the historical center of Kraków which includes:
Wawel Hill home to Wawel Castle and Wawel Cathedral, where many Polish kings are buried. Today the palace interiors include five exhibitions presenting the museum collections of the Wawel Royal Castle: “State Rooms,” “Royal Private Apartments,” “Oriental Art,” “Crown Treasury,” “Armoury” and “The Lost Wawel.”
The medieval Old Town, with its rich variety of historic architecture includes Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic buildings which design had survived all cataclysms of the past and retained its original form coming from the medieval times and its Main Market Square where stands the Gothic St. Mary’s Basilica. It was re-built in the 14th century and features the famous wooden altar, the largest Gothic altarpiece in the World carved by Veit Stoss. From the church's main tower a trumpet call is sounded every hour.
Kazimierz, Kazimierz, the historical center of Kraków's Jewish social and religious life.
If you decided to visit Krakow, it is worth to go to the other famous places which are located near this city: The Wieliczka salt mine, Auschwitz and Ojcowski National Park.
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